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Manchester City bounces back
Defending champions bounced back from their opening day defeat with a thumping 5-0 home win over newly-promoted Norwich City. Their record signing Jack Grealish was among the five different scorers.
Romelu Lukaku scored his first-ever goal in a Chelsea shirt on his return to English football. The European champions eased past Arsenal at the Emirates stadium with a 0-2 victory. Arsenal are yet to score a goal this season.
Liverpool and Tottenham maintained their winning start to their campaign, but Manchester United dropped two points with a 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Stars cut short season due to injuries
Roger Federer has announced that he will miss the upcoming US Open and will need to undergo knee surgery to give himself a “glimmer of hope” to resume his glittering career.
Rafael Nadal too called an end to his 2021 season this week. Nadal had earlier withdrawn from the Cincinnati hardcourt event due to a nagging foot issue. 218360
A match between Nice and Marseille was abandoned as Marseille refused to restart the game after home fans earlier threw projectiles and invaded the field.
Hosts Nice had a lead of 1-0 when the violence started.
“The league decided to restart the match. We decided, for the safety of our players who were attacked, to not restart the match because the safety of our players wasn’t guaranteed,” Marseille president Pablo Longoria said.
“The referee agreed with us. He confirmed to us that safety wasn’t guaranteed, he didn’t want to restart the match. But the league decided to restart. That’s unacceptable for us and that’s why we decided not to restart the match and to return to Marseille.”
According to the rules of the French league, an automatic 3-0 victory will be awarded to Nice.
A goal from the new signing Memphis Depay helped Barcelona secure a point against Athletic Bilbao. Inigo Martinez gave the home side the lead before the Dutch winger Depay restored parity. The game ended in a draw.
Real Madrid were involved in a six-goal thriller against Levante. Madrid were trailing 3-2 before Vinicius Junior scored a superb goal in the dying moments of the game to rescue a point.
Angel Correa’s first-half goal ensured a win for defending champions Atletico Madrid against Elche.
Ashleigh Barty wins Cincinnati Masters
Top seed Ashleigh Barty clinched the Cincinnati Open title with a 6-3 6-1 win over Swiss wild card Jil Teichmann in the final.
The Australian star smashed eight aces and 28 winners in a commanding victory.
Alexander Zverev took the men’s title with an impressive 6-2 6-3 win over Andrey Rublev. With this victory, Zverev rose to the fourth position in ATP rankings.
Manny Pacquiao suffers defeat
Yordenis Ugas retained his WBA welterweight title, beating Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The 35-year-old Ugas threw fewer punches than Pacquiao, but his blows were more precise. He used his right hook to increasing effect in the later rounds.
Two judges scored it 116-112 for Ugas, and a third had it 115-113.
Miguel Cabrera hit the 500th home run
Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the 28th player in history to join the 500-homer club.
Cabrera hit the milestone blast off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Steven Matz in the sixth inning at Rogers Centre. The first Venezuelan to join the 500-homer club. Cabrera is also 45 hits shy of reaching the 3,000-hit club
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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and sports enthusiast.